SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- The Indian army says three suspected rebels have been killed in a gunbattle after they entered the Indian part of Kashmir from the Pakistani side.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nitin N. Joshi said soldiers intercepted the militants early Saturday in the border district of Kupwara.
Joshi said the army suffered no casualties in the gunbattle. There was no independent confirmation of the fighting.
Kashmir is claimed by both India and Pakistan in its entirety.
India accuses Pakistan of funding and training militants in the Pakistani-held portion of Kashmir and facilitating their entry into Indian-held Kashmir to fight government forces. Islamabad denies the charge, saying it only gives moral and diplomatic support to the rebels.
More than 68,000 people have been killed in an armed conflict that began in 1989.